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Definition of Mucus colitis

Mucus colitis: A common gastrointestinal disorder involving an abnormal condition of gut contractions (motility) and gut sensation (hypersensitivity) characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, mucous in stools, and irregular bowel habits with diarrhea or constipation or alternating diarrhea and constipation, symptoms that tend to be chronic and to wax and wane over the years. Although the disorder can cause chronic recurrent discomfort, it does not lead to any serious organ problems.

Making the diagnosis usually involves suspecting and making a positive diagnosis and excluding other illnesses. Treatment is directed toward relief of symptoms and includes changes in diet (eating high fiber and avoiding caffeine, milk products and sweeteners), exercise, relaxation techniques, and medications.

Alternative names include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nervous colon syndrome, and spastic colitis.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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