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Bowel Movement

Also called: BM, Feces, Poop, Stool

Summary

A bowel movement is the last stop in the movement of food through your digestive tract. Your stool passes out of your body through the rectum and anus. Another name for stool is feces. It is made of what is left after your digestive system (stomach, small intestine, and colon) absorbs nutrients and fluids from what you eat and drink.

Sometimes a bowel movement isn't normal. Diarrhea happens when stool passes through the large intestine too quickly. Constipation occurs when stool passes through the large intestine too slowly. Bowel incontinence is a problem controlling your bowel movements. Other abnormalities with bowel movements may be a sign of a digestive problem.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Start Here

  • (Nemours Foundation) Also in
  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)
  • (American Academy of Family Physicians)
  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)

Diagnosis and Tests

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  • (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)

Treatments and Therapies

  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)

Specifics

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons)

Health Check Tools

  • (DSHI Systems)
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Statistics and Research

  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)

Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
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Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

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  • From the National Institutes of Health

Children

  • (North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) - PDF
  • (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in

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