Ostomy Output Consistency Scale: A Useful Reference Tool

Jan 14, 2023 2:45 pm

I thought this was interesting. It would be a good reference tool to have with you when talking to your healthcare provider trying to describe what your output is like. There are pictures and everything!

I will try to link it in here. It is from the Academic Journal of Gastroenterology Hepatology. Output Consistency Scale to Standardize Ostomate Output.


Jan 14, 2023 2:51 pm

Geez, I hope I never have any Type A.  It looks like malted milk balls, which I happen to love.  

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Jan 14, 2023 3:05 pm
Reply to HenryM

I love them too. I wish they had used a different picture.

Jan 14, 2023 3:07 pm

Very interesting and helpful, Sally. I downloaded it and will use as a reference. Henry, very funny!

Jan 14, 2023 3:37 pm

I've only had A-E, except when prepping for a colonoscopy.

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Jan 14, 2023 3:58 pm

F-I for an ileostomy for sure! A looks kinda scary. OUCH!

Jan 14, 2023 4:31 pm
Reply to AlexT

The study was done at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I thought maybe you were one of the participants.

Jan 14, 2023 4:32 pm
Reply to Rose Bud 🌹

Rabbit turds lol

Jan 14, 2023 6:46 pm
Reply to SallyK

I did participate in a research study, but labeling my poop was never a question. And since I think I'm the only ostomate in Nebraska, you'd think they'd want my input (or output in this case).

Jan 14, 2023 6:49 pm
Reply to AlexT

Yeah, would you think, eh? I'm sure you are a stellar subject.

Jan 14, 2023 7:04 pm

Hello SallyK.

Thanks for posting this link. Personally, I couldn't relate to most of it, but it puts me in mind of the Bristol stool chart I used to use before I had a stoma  - when I when incontinent in the 1990's. I have found a link to this:  https://www.hct.nhs.uk/media/1067/bristol-stool-chart.…  I used to have to use the chart for describing the output to the incontinence-nurses of the time.
I found if I googled Bristol faeces chart , it came up with a whole range of modern graphics for this same scale. What could  be described as 'shit-art'? 

Best wishes


Jan 14, 2023 7:11 pm
Reply to Bill

'Shit-art' LOL

Reminds me of the time when my son was 4 years old and made a beautiful flower for mommy out of his poop. Brown playdoh. LOL He is 31 now and hates when I tell that story.

Jan 14, 2023 7:13 pm
Reply to Bill

Sounds like a great nickname (re: Henry's post) for a stoma:


Kinda has a ring to it

Jan 14, 2023 7:27 pm

Must be pronounced Scha-tart if female!

Jan 14, 2023 9:04 pm
Reply to Justbreathe

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Jan 14, 2023 11:24 pm
Reply to Rose Bud 🌹

B-I for me. Also, I am ileostomy.

In the UK, they mostly use types of chocolate products for the poo scale.

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Jan 15, 2023 2:24 am
Reply to SallyK

Well, when I was a weirdo with a functioning bottom, it was always an ouch! I can only imagine now that I have special powers in the front how bad that must feel.

Jan 15, 2023 3:03 am

I'm an ileo and shoot. I run from C, D, E, F. Lol... a lot of D... which isn't easy trying to empty.

Jan 15, 2023 8:59 am
Reply to Justbreathe

Surely that would be she-tart

Jan 15, 2023 12:38 pm
Reply to Bill

Hmm, maybe it's French or Southern?

Jan 16, 2023 9:35 pm

Thanks for the link. At least I know now there are different types of output, and that most are considered "normal". I have a recent ileostomy (under 3 months) and have been E-I. Love the thread, if we can't laugh what's the point? Anyways, happy I found this site. Feeling alone has been the worst part!

Jan 16, 2023 9:56 pm
Reply to dawnieangel

Welcome. I totally understand about feeling alone. You are among 'Stoma Soulmates' here. (I can't remember who called us that but I love it!)

Mar 14, 2023 7:20 am
Reply to AlexT

I am new but I too am in Nebraska.