Dear support staff. I have had a colostomy now for several months. I had a Hartman procedure but there are no plans to reverse the colostomy. I am 70 years old and have never had any bowel problems until last summer. I ended up in hospital for over 2 months as they tried to save my colon without success. All has been going well until about 10 days ago when my rectal stump became very active and started passing large amounts of cream colored mucous which does not smell. No blood and no stool. I also had chills and almost a low grade fever (oral temperatures 37.8, 37.9). No other symptoms. I am a retired registered nurse. I called my surgeon who did not seem concerned and just advised me to go to ER if I developed a fever or any other problems. I was just wondering if this is normal? The discharge seems to be lessening now and my temperature is normal. thank you for reading my question and I am looking forward to your response.


It is quite normal having mucus come from the rectal area. There will be no stool as it is diverted and expelled through the stoma. The small area of the bowel below the rectum may continue to create mucus. No need to be alarmed.

Warm Regards,

Karen Bruton RN BScN MCISc-WH WOCC(C)

Nurse Education Consultant – Interprofessional Practice Support

Indigenous Services Canada, Government of Canada

Ostomy Canada (Volunteer)

Medical and Lifestyle Advisory Team Lead

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