Foul Smelling Stools And Thin (Pencil) Stools

Reviewed on 2/19/2021

Changes in the appearance, smell, or form of the stool can be seen with different conditions ranging from chronic inflammatory diseases of the bowel to infection and in rare cases, cancer. If you notice changes in your stool, particularly if associated with dark stool or bleeding, visit your doctor to help determine the cause.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

At MedicineNet, we believe it is important to take charge of your health through measures such as a living healthy lifestyle, practicing preventative medicine, following a nutrition plan, and getting regular exercise. Understanding your symptoms and signs and educating yourself about health conditions are also a part of living your healthiest life. The links above will provide you with more detailed information on these medical conditions to help you inform yourself about the causes and available treatments for these conditions.

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