This post is about excrement. Yes, I’m afraid you read that right. Those readers who are surfing while dining, who are suddenly feeling faint of heart, or who are simply disinterested are hereby excused, and invited to scroll down to less scatological posts. The rest of us will explore the uses of the Bristol Stool Form Scale.
Think about it for a moment. Your darling child is suffering from a digestive irregularity, or perhaps you are. You know what was most recently eaten, you can take a temperature, you know exactly how often there has been an episode of said irregularity. And then the doctor asks the question no one is ever really prepared to answer. “Can you describe the stool, please?”
Well, no, of course you can’t. Where to begin? What comparisons does one draw? The mind boggles.
Fortunately, the British National Health Service has come to your rescue with this handy chart. With seven “types” to choose from, the Bristol Stool Form Scale ensures that you need never be speechless again. Or, if you prefer, you can be speechless — simply print off the chart, carry it to your doctor as needed, and point. No description required.
Strictly optional in the USA; sometimes mandatory in the UK. If you’re in the USA, print a copy for your doctor to keep. It’s sure to be appreciated.
Via Dr. Crippen’s NHS Blog Doctor