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I have noticed on my stool bits of a clear substance . When

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I have noticed on my stool bits of a clear substance .
When investigating it it appears sticky ,is this mucus .
I have not noticed it before but to be honest it is not very clear to see .
Do I need to see a doctor .
Thanks
Tim
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 years ago.

Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hello,

Mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

Mysticdoc :

Sticky clear substance is likely mucus in the stool.

Mysticdoc :

Mucus can be found normally in the stool due to the elimination of the colon lining.

Mysticdoc :

Sometimes, viral or bacterial infection can cause mucus in the stool.

Mysticdoc :

However, this will also cause diarrhea, stomach cramps etc.

Mysticdoc :

Uncommonly, this can be due to the inflammatory bowel disease --presence of blood in the stool is more typical though.

Mysticdoc :

So, usually this is not a concerning symptom.

Mysticdoc :

However, given your age, you are recommended to have a colonoscopy at the age of 50 or above as part of normal screening procedure of colon cancer.

Mysticdoc :

If you had a normal colonoscopy in recent past, then this is not concerning at all.

Mysticdoc :

Otherwise, I will suggest you to get a colonoscopy not for this problem but as a preventive screening.

Mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

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