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Ever had gallstones or gallbladder trouble: Recode

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For persons age 18 and over GALSGBT is a recoded variable indicating if the respondent ever had gallstones or gallbladder trouble. GALSGBT is based on response to the variables GALSEV, had ever had gallstones, as well as GALBT , if they ever had non-gallstone gallbladder trouble.


The Supplement on Digestive Disorders had 3 sections. The first section asked about specific conditions , such 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 gallstones or gallbladder trouble are included in the 1989 survey.


These include:

  • GALOTT12 had gallbladder trouble in the past 12 months
  • GALS12 had gallstones in the past 12 months
  • GALSGBT12 had gallstones or gallbladder trouble in the past 12 months: Recode
  • GBDIAGTIM time since gallbladder trouble diagnosed
  • GBSURGTIM time since last had gallbladder surgery
  • GBDIAG gallstones or gallbladder trouble medically diagnosed (see this variable for type of diagnostic tests)

Variables for these other conditions include:

  • DIVEV ever had diverticulitis
  • OSBCONEV ever had similar bowel condition


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+.


  • 1989