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Ever had diverticulitis

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For persons age 18 and over DIVEV indicates if respondents ever had diverticulitis. The term diverticulitis was respondent defined as a definition was not provided in the survey or Field Representative's Manual. According to the National Library of Medicine, diverticulitis is an inflammation of an abnormal pouch in the intestinal wall.


The Supplement on Digestive Disorders had 3 sections. The first section asked about specific conditions , such as DIVEV and gallstones, ulcers or colon or bowel conditions, as well as treatment of these conditions. The second section in the Digestive Disorder Supplement asked about abdominal pain (such as ABPAIN3XYR, had abdominal pain 3 or more times, past 12 months). The third was on normative bowel functions, which such as ABGASTRUBYR, had trouble with abdominal gas in the past 12 months.

Related Variables

Other variables for diverticulitis are included in the 1989 survey.


These include:

  • DIVYR had diverticulitis in the past year
  • DIVHOSPEV ever hospitalized overnight for diverticulitis
  • DIVHOSPTIM time since hospitalized overnight for diverticulitis

Variables for other conditions include:

  • GALBT ever had other (nongallstone) gallbladder trouble
  • OSBCONEV ever had similar bowel condition


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+.


  • 1989