There are many causes which, in infants, give rise to the presence of blood and mucus in the stool, the most common one being infection of the alimentary tract. The following series of cases is concerned with children in whom the blood and mucus were due to infection of the rectum by the gonococcus.
REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
Gonorrheal proctitis has long been recognized as an entity, particularly abroad, although there are also reports of cases from this country. Rollet1 in 1871, Potherat2 in 1892, and Troncay3 were among the first to describe the condition. Opinions differ as to its incidence in children. Flugel,4 in the course of a routine examination of fifty-six children with vulvovaginitis, found proctitis in eleven instances. Holt,5 among 233 children, encountered no case with gonorrheal infection of the genital tract. Pollack,6 among 189 children with vaginitis, found seven with