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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: Mucus in stool?

 marianna33 - Sun May 01, 2005 5:10 pm

What does this indicate?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Mon May 02, 2005 5:25 am

User avatar Hi marianna33,
Small amounts of clear mucous in stool is a relatively normal finding and is usually passed without even being noticed. However, if the stool and mucous has a foul unusual odor, and is accompanied by loose bowel movements/diarrhea this may indicate an infection. Other disorders may cause larger amounts of mucous in bowel movements as in IBS, Crohn's disease, etc. Again, keep in mind that clear mucous is essentially a normal finding.
 marianna33 - Mon May 02, 2005 11:47 am

Thank you for your response, it was helpful. If you would, could you look at my other post regarding labs I had done? ty, Mari
 cole - Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:23 am

I have had the same problem, but my mucus and stool are odorous. The odor is different compared to what I usually smell. This has only happened once but I am worried about it. It comes without diareha however I do get bouts of diarreha and constipation often with no traces of blood or mucus. I have felt crampy more than usually too. Should I go to the doctor?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Oct 11, 2005 2:34 am

User avatar Hi cole,
Changes in bowel habits not related to diet etc., warrants an evaluation by a physician. If your symptoms have only occurred once I would not be overly concerned but I would certainly mention this development when you go in for an evaluation.

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