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Test to diagnose cause abdominal pain: Sonogram or ultrasound

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For sample persons ages 18 and over who had abdominal pain 3 or more times in the past 12 months, and visited at least one doctor (or did not know the number of doctors visited) for this pain, ABPTESTSONO reports whether the respondent ever had a sonogram or ultrasound to diagnose the condition causing abdominal pain identified in ABPSELCON. If the respondent appeared unsure or confused by the name of the test, the following description was given: "A gel is rubbed on your upper right side and an instrument is moved around the area while an examiner watches on a television screen." Other tests persons were asked about include upper GI series, upper endoscopy or gastroscopy, lower endoscopy or colonoscopy, and sonogram or ultrasound.


This variable is part of the Abdominal Pain section of the Digestive Disease Supplement, introduced in the 1989 survey. This supplement focuses on digestive conditions, primarily during the previous 12 months, to provide data for prevalence estimates on certain common digestive disorders and complaints. The Abdominal Pain section provides data to compare diagnosed and undiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome, and to describe pain accompanying this or other conditions that affect the abdomen.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+ who had abdominal pain 3 or more times in the past 12 months and who ever visited a doctor for this pain and who did not report "None" as the number of doctors visited for this pain.


  • 1989