On microscopic examination at higher magnification, the intense inflammation of the mucosa is seen. The colonic mucosal epithelium demonstrates loss of goblet cells. The shape of the crypts is distorted. An exudate is present over the surface. Both acute and chronic inflammatory cells are present.

What else is characteristic for UC and seen here?

A Crypt distortion

B Granulomas

C Intestinal metaplasia

D Non-Hodgkin lymphoma