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Smoker and occasional drinker. Passing loose stool with small pieces in it. Medical cure?

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Hi Doctor,
My Husband excercies regularly at the GYM and has a good physique. For as long as he remembers he has been passing stool very thin, small pieces and accompanied with wind. I let him know that it is not normal and usually it should be solid but not hard. He has been a avid smoker and consumes Alcohol occasionally. Could you please recommend if we should run tests to see if all is normal with his stomach?
Posted Wed, 3 Apr 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 2 days later
Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.Ratnakar Kini and I am pleased to answer your query.

I would like to have some more information before I can give my opinion.

1. Is the bowel movement associated with abdominal pain or discomfort?
2. Is there unintentional weight loss?
3. Does he have nighttime bowel movement?
4. Any blood in stool?

Kindly get back to me with the answers.
Dr.Ratnakar Kini
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Follow-up: Smoker and occasional drinker. Passing loose stool with small pieces in it. Medical cure? 25 hours later
Thank you Dr. Kini.The answers to all your questions is no!
Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 15 hours later
Thin stool could be due to irritable bowel syndrome or due to obstruction of the bowel.
A colonoscopy may be done for evaluation.

I hope that answers your question.
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Dr.Ratnakar Kini
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