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Age first had swallowing problems

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For sample adults ages 18 and older who had a swallowing problem in the past 12 months that lasted for at least a week, VSLSWAGE reports the age at which the person first had swallowing problems.

VSLSWAGE is part of the Adult Voice, Speech and Language Supplement. For related variables and more information, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus, or see VSLDIAG, which reports on diagnosis, VSLVDAYS, which reports on the problem duration and extent, and VSLVSLPYR, which reports on treatment.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 2012: Sample adults 18+ with a swallowing problem in the past 12 months for a week or longer


  • 2012