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What is the significance of mucus in the stool? What causes

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What is the significance of mucus in the stool? What causes mucus in the stool?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi. We can continue after this if you'd like. First off, it may mean nothing serious at all since mucus is a normal component of the stool. If there are associated symptoms like loose stools, cramping, change in stool color, then it could mean irritable bowel syndrome, an inflammatory condition like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, or a digestive problem as in gall bladder disorders or pancreatic disorders. If there has been an increase in the mucus in your stool you should have your doctor evaluate that with an exam and a stool sample study
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