Bristol Stool Chart


Bristol Stool Chart
Use the Bristol Stool Chart to help determine the persons intestinal
The consistency of stool depends on how long it has spent in the
colon. The longer it spends ‘in transit’, the more liquid is absorbed
by the colon.
The chart below is a general guide.
• Types 1 and 2 indicate constipation
• Types 5 and 6 may indicate diarrhoea
• Types 3 and 4 are the easiest to pass
• Type 7 may be a sign of illness, for
example, food poisoning
Type 1
Type 5
Separate hard
Soft blobs with
lumps like nuts
clear cut edges
(hard to pass)
(passed easily)
Type 2
Type 6
Fluffy pieces
but lumpy
with ragged
edges, a mushy
Type 3
Like a sausage
but with cracks
Type 7
on its surface
no solid pieces,
Type 4
Like a sausage
entirely liquid
or a snake,
smooth and soft
Delivered by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Version 1.0. Last updated: 06.07.2016


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