OCCULT BLOOD IN FECES
The acronym FOB (Fecal Occult Blood) indicates the presence of occult blood in the stool, due to various gastrointestinal disorders such as: polyps, ulcers, colitis, diverticula, rhagades, hemorrhoids or tumor.
The symptoms of these lesions are often silent in the early stages, for this reason the search for occult blood in the feces represents an important screening test that allows to early identify the presence of pathologies affecting the gastrointestinal system.
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