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:

  • Belching

  • Change in stool color

  • Constipation

  • Decreased appetite

  • Diarrhea

  • Floating stools

  • Gas (flatulence) and bloating

  • Mild abdominal cramping

  • Nausea

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.

Infectious causes of stool odor

Foul-smelling stools may arise from intestinal infections caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites including: Read more about stool odorcauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: May 7, 2014 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.

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