Symptom: Hard stool

Hard stool: Hardness of stool (and often constipation)
Introduction: Stool hardness, stool dryness, or small stool is often really a form of constipation (see also constipation). Hard stool, dry stool, or constipation can mean many possible medical conditions. Some people distinguish hard stool from constipation by defining constipation as difficulty with bowel motions rather than hardness of stool. However, the two issues are deeply related and the medical definition of constipation usually includes a spectrum of stool hardness. Similarly, soft stool is usually considered part of the spectrum of diarrhea. Seek prompt professional medical advice about such symptoms.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Hard stool:
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Hard stool (2 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Symptoms related to Hard stool: bowel movements (155), constipation (45), diarrhea (130), stool symptoms (173), stool color changes (45), stool odor (6)
    Hard stool type of: Stool symptoms (173), Constipation (45)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Conditions listing symptoms: Hard stool: The following list of conditions have 'Hard 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.


  • Constipation ... small feces, dry bowel movement, hard feces, hard stool, dry feces


  • Irritable bowel syndrome ... small feces

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