Friday, February 08, 2008

The Bristol Stool Chart

Source : Wikipedia

I learnt something new today...how to describe your stool or poo poo!

The Bristol Stool Form Scale or Bristol Stool Chart is a classification of the form, that is appearance in a toilet, of human feces into seven groups. It was developed by Dr. K. Hering at the University of Bristol and was first published in the British Medical Journal in 1990.[1] The form of the stool depends on the time it spends in the colon.[1]

Chart contents

Types 1 and 2 indicate constipation, types 3 and 4 are usually the most comfortable to pass, types 5-6 tend to be associated with urgency and type 7 is diarrhea. [2]

In type 2-3 basically the stool is very hard and you need to use a stool softener like liquid paraffin. Do not use bulking agents or fiber as this will only make it worse.

In types 4-5 you can use a bulking agent like Forlax or psyllium husk or fibre. Irritants like prune juice, dulcolax or senokot will also work, but be careful not to abuse it.

In type 6-7 basically the faeces/stool is impacted and the wattery bits are being sqeezed through the sides of the stool. This will probably need manual disimpaction (look out for the explosive disimpaction)

3 Comments:

At 11:01 AM, Blogger bs said...

Thanks for your info. Very useful information for me. Doc said that i have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This info definitely will give me some idea whats happening to my stomach.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous ga said...

Very helpful. Haven't seen the supporting data associated with the different types, thanks.

 
At 2:07 AM, Anonymous ViVo Colonic said...

If you a facing these systems, go to a colon hydrotherapist.

 

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