The changes in the stools’ shape and texture are most commonly related to the diet. However, if the defecation assumes a subtle pencils-like form, it could be a sign of the condition. The so-called ribbon feces could be due to a mass present in the colon or in the rectum that limits the size of the stool. This could also be a sign of colorectal polyps and cancer.
What kind of diseases can be associated with flat stool?
The following diseases may be associated with flat stool:
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn's disease
- Anal fissures
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Colorectal cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal ulcers
Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.
What is the therapy for flat stool?
There are no specific remedies for this condition. It is, in fact, a sign that indicates the need to undergo specialized medical care and diagnostic tests to rule out that there is serious condition.
When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of flat stool?
When the symptoms come sporadically, one does not need to worry or to resort to an emergency medical care. However, it may be useful to communicate the condition to the doctor if it lasts for more than three days. It is advisable to resort to emergency care if the problem is associated with: the presence of blood or mucus and pus in the stools, dark stools, if one has abdominal pain or cramps, high fever, sudden and prolonged blockage of defecation.