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Treatment depends upon the type of ulcerative colitis
diagnosed. is important to remember that having occult blood in the stool does not automatically imply that one has colon cancer
or a polyp. There are many causes of occult blood in the stomach, small intestine
, or colon, most of which are benign. Some examples include bleeding from use of aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for example, ibuprofen
), ulcers, esophagitis
, colitis, and intestinal angiodysplasias (weakened clusters of blood vessels on the surface of intestinal linings). Therefore, patients with stools containing occult blood should be evaluated by physicians to exclude cancers and polyps, as well as to identify other causes of intestinal bleeding..