What other symptoms might occur with mucus in stool?

Mucus in stool may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the digestive tract may also involve other body systems.

Digestive tract symptoms that may occur along with mucus in stool

Mucus in the stool may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive tract including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Abnormally foul-smelling stools
  • Bloody stool (the blood may be red, black or tarry in texture)
  • Changes in stool color or consistency
  • Diarrhea
  • Fecal incontinence (inability to control stools)
  • Gas
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Urgent need to pass stool

Other symptoms that may occur along with mucus in stool

Mucus in the stool may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • General ill feeling
  • Hives

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, mucus in stool may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Bloody stool (the blood may be red, black or tarry in texture)
  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Not producing any urine, or an infant who does not produce the usual amount of wet diapers
  • Pus in the stool
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Rigidity of the abdomen
  • Severe abdominal, rectal or anal pain
  • Vomiting blood or rectal bleeding
INTRODUCTION

What is mucus in stool?

Mucus is a smooth, thick substance produced in many places throughout the body, including in the lining of the digestive tract. Mucus lubricates surfaces and allows materials to pass smoothly. Some amount of mucus in the stool is normal; however, significant amounts of mucus and mucus accompanied by diarrhea, pain or blood may signify an intestinal condition such as infection or inflammatio... Read more about mucus in stoolintroduction

CAUSES

What causes mucus in stool?

The digestive tract normally produces some mucus to help digested food and waste slide through it. Abnormal amounts of mucus in the stool may be caused by a variety of conditions ranging from inflammation and infection to obstruction and cancer.

Digestive tract causes of mucus in stool

Mucus in stool may be caused by digestive tract conditions including:

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 7, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Digestive System


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