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Diagnostic test for gallbladder: Sonogram or ultrasound

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For sample persons age 18 and older who ever had gallstones or gallbladder trouble that was medically diagnosed, GBTESTSONO indicates if she/he ever had a sonogram or ultrasound of his/her gallbladder to help diagnose the gallstones or gallbladder condition. Interviewers were instructed to read the following, if necessary: "For this test, 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."

This variable is part of the 1989 Digestive Disorders supplement, fielded to provide data on the nature and prevalence of symptoms attributed to disorders of the lower digestive tract in the adult population. The data provide prevalence estimates on certain common digestive disorders and complaints. Please use the IPUMS NHIS search functions or drop-down menus for additional variables that are part of this supplement.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+ who ever had gallstones or any other gallbladder trouble that was medically diagnosed.


  • 1989