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A 34-year-old male asked:

i have been passing stool with pinkish jelly like particals, sometimes it is soft other times harder. not sure if it is mucus or something worst.?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Pink jelly in stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies address if "pinkish" material is blood. In any case, you sound appropriately concerned. Get checked.

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Is something in my 9-month-old's diet causing him to pass very hard stools?

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What is normal baby poop?

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Varies with age/food: The first couple days the poop is thick, dark and tarry. On day 3-5 of life poops generally change to yellow and seedy- this happens as your milk comes in. Poops will stay a liquid consistency until you introduce solids foods sometime between 4-6 months. Colors may range from brown to green to yellow. If your baby's poops are ever red, black or white call your pediatrician.
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What does normal baby poop look like?

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What's a stool culture and how do you obtain one?

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Got a bump when I poop. I don't think it's a hemorhoid, so what could it be?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
Hemorrhoid or polyp?: "bumps" when having a bowel movement commonly are internal hemorrhoids that prolapse when straining. Sometimes a rectal polyp can prolapse as well, or even rectal tissue itself. Hemorrhoidal "tags" can also prolapse. This should be evaluated by a surgeon with either in office examination or even colonoscopy if there is blood on toilet paper during bowel movements.

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