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Loose stool is usually a form of diarrhea and many conditions causing loose stool will be listed under diarrhea. It may also be related to watery stool (also within the spectrum of diarrhea). Medically, the definition of diarrhea usually includes loose stool or watery stool, and similarly, hard stool is really a form of constipation....more »
The following medical conditions are some of the possible
causes of Loose stool.
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The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible
causes of Loose stool as a symptom.
Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using,
including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.
Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Loose stool may include these symptoms:
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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Loose 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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Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is over-diagnosed,...read more »
Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad"...read more »
Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's...read more »
Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with fatal effect)....read more »
Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, or GERD...read more »
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Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible
causes of Loose stool as a symptom include:
A condition of frequent and watery bowel movements.
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The list of organs typically affected by Loose stool may include, but is not limited to:
The list below shows some of the causes of Loose stool mentioned in various sources:
This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Loose stool. Of the 219 causes of Loose stool that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:
The following list of conditions have 'Loose stool' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Loose stool based
on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:
Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Loose stool, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.
Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :
Medical Conditions associated with Loose stool:
Diarrhea (2312 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Bowel incontinence (2114 causes), Bowel problems (2509 causes), Bowel movements (2383 causes), Defecation symptoms (2383 causes), Intestinal symptoms (5299 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes), Bladder symptoms (1010 causes), Urinary problems (1033 causes), Urinary difficulty (648 causes), Urinary symptoms (1228 causes), Sexual symptoms (1838 causes), Intercourse symptoms (258 causes), Incontinence symptoms (331 causes)
Symptoms related to Loose stool:
Diarrhea (2312 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Watery stool (63 causes), Constipation (726 causes), Bowel motion symptoms, Diahorrea, Infectious diarrhea (7 causes), Gastroenteritis (35 causes), Viral gastroenteritis (4 causes), Traveler's diarrhea, Rotavirus
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