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Stool hardness, stool dryness, or small stool is often really a form of constipation (see also constipation). Hard stool, dry stool, or constipation can mean many possible medical conditions. Some people distinguish hard stool from constipation by defining constipation as difficulty with bowel motions rather than hardness of stool. However, the two issues are deeply related and the medical definition of constipation usually includes a spectrum of stool hardness. Similarly, soft stool is usually considered part of the spectrum of diarrhea. Seek prompt professional medical advice about such symptoms....more »
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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hard stool. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
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Medical Conditions associated with Hard stool:
Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Constipation (726 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Bowel problems (2509 causes), Bowel movements (2383 causes), Intestinal symptoms (5299 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes)
Symptoms related to Hard stool:
Bowel movements (2383 causes), Constipation (726 causes), Diarrhea (2312 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Stool color changes (387 causes), Stool odor (69 causes), Stool softeners, Dehydration (284 causes), Water loss, Fibre diet, Laxatives
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