Fecal Scoring System (Bristol stool scale)

The Fecal Scoring System is a system for evaluating the status of fecal excretion for the purpose of evaluating gastrointestinal health. It is based on the Bristol stool scale.

Scoring System

The scoring system can be broken down into 7 stages:
    • Type 1 - Separate hard lumps; Very constipated
    • Type 2 - Lumpy and sausage like; Slightly constipated
    • Type 3 - A sausage shape with cracks in the surface; Normal
    • Type 4 - Like a smooth, soft sausage or snake; Normal
    • Type 5 - Soft blobs with clear-cut edges; Lacking fiber
    • Type 6 - Mushy consistency with ragged edges; Inflammation
    • Type 7 - Liquid consistency with no solid pieces; Inflammation


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