Mucus in Stool


Mucus in Stool: Indications and When to Seek Medical Advice

The presence of mucus in stool is a common phenomenon that usually does not signal a serious health issue. Mucus, a jelly-like substance that lines and protects the intestines, plays a crucial role in the digestive process. However, noticeable changes in the amount or color of mucus can sometimes indicate underlying health conditions. This article delves into the implications of observing white mucus, orange mucus, and a currant jelly-like appearance in stool.

White Mucus in Stool

Finding white mucus in stool can be startling. Typically, a small amount of clear or white mucus in stool is normal, but a noticeable increase could be a sign of several conditions. This could indicate inflammation in the intestinal tract, such as conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or bacterial infections. The increased mucus production is a response by the intestinal lining to help soothe and protect the tissues.

Orange Mucus in Stool

The presence of orange mucus in stool is less common and could be influenced by dietary factors, such as the consumption of foods with orange coloring or with beta-carotene (found in carrots and sweet potatoes). However, if dietary reasons are ruled out, orange mucus may suggest a bile duct obstruction or issues with bile production, which warrants further investigation.

Currant Jelly Stool

A “currant jelly” stool is typically red or dark purple and resembles the consistency and color of currant jelly. This type of stool is particularly concerning as it often indicates intussusception—a serious condition where part of the intestine folds into another section of the intestine. This can lead to blocked blood flow and damage to the intestines. The presence of such stool requires immediate medical attention.


While mucus in stool can often be harmless, any significant changes in its appearance, especially if accompanied by other symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting, should not be ignored. As recommended by Dr. Christos Zavos, a board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist based in Thessaloniki, Greece, individuals observing these changes should seek professional advice promptly.

Patients with concerns about changes in their stool are encouraged to contact Dr. Zavos through the Contact Form at, by calling (+30)-6976596988 or (+30)-2311283833, or by sending an email to Timely consultation can help in diagnosing potential issues early, offering a better prognosis through appropriate management and treatment.

Last update: 2 May 2024, 22:22


Gastroenterologist - Hepatologist, Thessaloniki

PhD at Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

PGDip at Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht, The Netherlands

Ex President, Hellenic H. pylori & Microbiota Study Group