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Loose stool: Introduction

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 »

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Causes of Loose stool:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Loose stool. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Loose stool

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Loose stool: Symptom Checker

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Loose stool Treatments

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Stories from Users for Loose stool

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Message Boards for Loose stool

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Diagnostic tests for Loose stool:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Loose stool. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Abdominal examination for tenderness and a mass - e.g. a mass in the right lower abdomen may suggest bowel cancer or diverticulitis; a mass on right, left or upper abdomen may also suggest bowel cancer; tenderness in the left lower abdomen, with or without a significant mass may suggest ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis or irritable bowel syndrome.
    • Xamine rectum for hemorrhoids and anal fissure that may be causing a positive occult blood test
    • Examine for signs of systemic diseases that may cause loose stools - e.g. tremor and increased heart rate of hyperthyroidism; considerable flushing of carcinoid syndrome; hyperpigmentation of the skin in Addison's disease; and dermatitis and dementia of pellagra.
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR, Electrolytes and thyroid function tests if systemic disease is suspected to be the cause of diarrhea
  • more tests...»

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Medications or substances causing Loose stool:

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.

Loose stool: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Loose stool may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Loose stool

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

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.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Loose stool: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Loose stool

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, whereas other more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called 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" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" bacteria in the gut. This leads to " 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 more likely to be an more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see 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. more »

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Loose stool: Related Rare Diseases

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Loose stool: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Causes of Loose stool listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Loose stool as a symptom include:

Definitions of Loose stool:

A condition of frequent and watery bowel movements.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Loose stool:

The list of organs typically affected by Loose stool may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Loose stool

The list below shows some of the causes of Loose stool mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Loose stool?

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:

  • 4 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 19 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 193 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Loose stool:

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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Causes of Loose stool Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Loose stool based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Loose stool?

    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 :

    What are the alternative names for Loose stool:

    Diarrhoea, Diarrhea
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Loose stool:

    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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