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Second cause of diarrhea diagnosed by doctor

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For sample adults who completed a set of questions on bowel functions; and who have not had a colostomy; and who report having had diarrhea always, most of the time, or some of the time during the past 12 months; and who saw a doctor in the past 12 months about their diarrhea DIARDIAGCON2 reports the second cause of the diarrhea identified by the doctor. Possible causes included enteritis, diverticulitis, Chron's disease, intestinal flu or virus, spastic colon, functional bowel, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable colon, colitis, ulcerative colitis, infection, lactose intolerance, traveler's diarrhea, diet, dysentery, medication, nerves or stress, or something else. For additional causes identified by the doctors, see DIARDIAGCON1, DIARDIAGCON3, or DIARDIAGCON4.

DIARDIAGCON2 is part of a supplement on Digestive Disorders initiated in 1989 which had 3 sections. The first asked about specific conditions such as gallstones, ulcers, or colon or bowel conditions (such as BOWELFUNEV, ever had a functional bowel). The second asked about abdominal pain (such as ABPAIN3XYR, had abdominal pain 3 or more times, past 12 months). The third was on normative bowel functions (such as ABGASTRUBYR, had trouble with abdominal gas in the past 12 months). For related variables and more information, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus, or see the variables listed above.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+ who did not refuse to complete bowel function questions and have not had a colostomy and have had diarrhea always, most of the time, or some of the time during the past 12 months


  • 1989