What other symptoms might occur with stool odor?
Foul-smelling stools may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms frequently affect the digestive tract but may also involve other body systems.
Digestive symptoms that may occur along with stool odor
Stool odor may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive system including:
Change in stool color
Gas (flatulence) and bloating
Mild abdominal cramping
Other symptoms that may occur along with stool odor
Stool odor may accompany symptoms related to other body systems. Symptoms may include:
Symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition
In some cases, foul-smelling stools may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or 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 a foul stool odor and any of the following symptoms:
Bloody or black stools
Change in consciousness or alertness, such as lethargy or passing out
High fever or chills
Severe abdominal cramping or abdominal pain
Signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, decreased urination, or urinating very dark urine
What is stool odor?
Stool odor is the smell associated with stools, or bowel movements. Stools normally have an unpleasant odor.
Stools are formed in the large intestine (colon), which is part of the digestive system. Normally, “good bacteria” live in your large intestine and help digest or break down the food remnants that enter the large intestine from the small intestine. Stools are formed during ... Read more about stool odorintroduction
What causes stool odor?
Many different diseases, disorders and conditions can lead to foul-smelling stools. Foul-smelling stools can be a sign of inflammatory disorders, intestinal infections, malabsorption disorders, and inherited medical conditions.