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Colorectal Diseases

Blood and mucus in stools

12/17/2008

Question:

I am a 34 year old mother of 3. My youngest being just 5 months. During pregnancy I noticed that my stools were covered in a white web-like mucus, however dismissed it. Since having my third child The mucus has increased and is now mixed with blood. I also find that I have an increased urge to go to the toilet and quite often just pass the green blood streaked mucus on its own. When I do have a successful bowel movement I notice that the stool is covered with a combination of blood and mucus. I do not suffer any pain or diarhorrea, but do suffer with excessive gas. Could it be a bacterial infection?

Answer:

More likely is an inflammation of the lining of the colon or rectum. Please call your GI doctor for an evaluation and possible endoscopic evaluation to help find the answer!

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati