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My bowel movements have consistently been slimy and mucous-like for the past 3 years. Why is this?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Mucusy 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, discuss your ongoing finding with your doctor who knows you best & can advise what treatment &/or testing may be needed.

In brief: Mucusy 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, discuss your ongoing finding with your doctor who knows you best & can advise what treatment &/or testing may be needed.
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