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Mucus stool Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Mucus stool. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had mucous in the stool?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. What do you mean by mucous in the stool?

    Why: It is important to determine whether it is actually mucous in the stool, since it could be blood in the stool, fat in the stool or pus in the stool.

  3. What is the nature of the stools?

    Why: e.g. fatty, pale colored, extremely smelly stools that float in the toilet and are difficult to flush away is called steatorrhea due to excess fat in the stool and are characteristic of malabsorption of nutrients which may be due to cystic fibrosis.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. ulcerative colitis, cystic fibrosis.

  5. Has there been recent foreign travel?

    Why: may suggest traveler's diarrhea, cholera, shigellosis, salmonellosis.

  6. Family history?

    Why: Inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis.

  7. Blood in the stool?

    Why: If acute may suggest Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter jejuni, ulcerative colitis and amebic dysentery. If chronic may suggest ulcerative colitis or amoebiasis.

  8. Diarrhea?

    Why: would suggest ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, amebic dysentery or bacterial dysentery (e.g. shigella, salmonella, campylobacter jejuni, yersinia enterocolitica, enteroinvasive and enterohemorrhagic E.Coli).

  9. Fever?

    Why: may suggest bacterial dysentery, amebic dysentery, ulcerative colitis.

  10. Symptoms of intestinal obstruction?

    Why: e.g. colicky abdominal pain, vomiting, abdominal distension , pass jelly like mucous or absolute constipation.

  11. Symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

    Why: e.g. recurrent chest infections since childhood, blood stained sputum, shortness of breath, fatty stools, mucous stools.

  12. Symptoms of Ulcerative colitis?

    Why: e.g. diarrhea with blood and mucous, sometimes accompanied by lower abdominal discomfort. General features include malaise, lethargy and loss of appetite, recurrent mouth ulceration.

  13. Alternating diarrhea and constipation, abdominal bloating, abdominal pain that is relieved by opening the bowels or passing wind?

    Why: may suggests irritable bowel syndrome.

  14. Pain in joints, back pain, eye trouble or mouth ulceration?

    Why: may suggest inflammatory bowel disease such as Ulcerative colitis.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Mucus stool:

The following list of conditions have 'Mucus stool' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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