ZocdocAnswersWhat causes white thick mucus in the bowel?

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What causes white thick mucus in the bowel?

For 3months my bowel movements have changed they have a white mucus chunks in them almost like pieces of skin tissue

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I am sorry to hear about your symptoms. It is important for you to arrange an appointment with a gastroenterologist. It is not possible to provide an accurate diagnosis without knowing the full details of your medical history and without performing an in-person evaluation. Several disorders can cause stool abnormalities. Inflammatory bowel disease often leads to mucus in the stool. This is a cluster of autoimmune disorders that lead to severe inflammation of the intestines. The mucus is a result of the inflammation. Changes in your body's ability to reabsorb nutrients can cause stool changes. If you are not reabsorbing fat appropriately, your stool may appear greasy. Irritable bowel syndrome can cause fluctuations in your stool habits, ranging from diarrhea to constipation. Various infections can cause watery, loose stool. Hyper- and hypothyroidism can cause changes in stool habits. Finally, various dietary changes can affect the appearance of your stool. You will need to see a gastroenterologist to determine the cause of your symptoms. A typical evaluation consists of a thorough medical history and physical exam. You may require blood and stool tests. In addition, you may need to undergo an upper and/or lower endoscopy, which is a procedure in which a small camera is passed into the gastrointestinal tract.

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