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What does it mean when your poop is skinny?

What does it mean when your poop is skinny?

Answer From Michael F. Picco, M.D. Narrow stools that occur infrequently probably are harmless. However in some cases, narrow stools — especially if pencil thin — may be a sign of narrowing or obstruction of the colon due to colon cancer.

Does thin stools always mean cancer?

Thin stools do not automatically mean cancer. But if they last a long time and if going to the bathroom is difficult for you, your doctor may order a colonoscopy to rule it out.

Is it normal for poop to look like a snake?

It is described on the Bristol scale as ‘sausage or snake-like’ and should be around the diameter of a banana. The colour is your standard brown, which indicates it has the correct amount of moisture and nutrients in it as it is passed. This is another example of a healthy poop.

What causes long skinny poop?

Constipation. Constipation may be caused by a low-fiber diet and lack of fluids. Fiber adds bulk to stool, increasing its size. If you don’t eat enough fiber or drink enough fluids, stool loses its bulk and may become thin and stringy.

Is it normal to have snake like stools?

Question: Snake like stools. Hi Averagedude, Sometimes thin stools can be an indication of a narrowing of the intestines. With your trauma to the intestines it is possible that you may have developed some scar tissue that could be causing the narrowing. I would recommend you see your doctor to have this evaluated. Best wishes.

What causes narrow stools and small bowel movements?

Causes of Narrow or Stringy Stools 1 Constipation. 2 Colorectal Cancer. 3 Anal Cancer. 4 Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 5 Parasitic Gut Infections.

What does it mean when your stool is thin and stringy?

If you have stool that’s suddenly stringy or poop that gets pencil-thin over time, does it mean you have cancer? Doctors used to link narrow BMs to colorectal or colon cancer. That’s because they thought that cancer in your colon caused it to become narrower, and your poop would look narrow after it passed through. 1

What causes a pencil thin stool when you have diarrhea?

Narrowing of the stool may be due to a mass in the colon or rectum that limits the size of the stool that can pass through it. Conditions that cause diarrhea can also cause pencil thin stools.

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