Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
The following factors may increase your risk of cholecystitis:
- Gallstones. Most cases of cholecystitis are linked to gallstones. If you have gallstones, you're at high risk of developing cholecystitis.
- Being female. Women have a greater risk of gallstones than men do. This makes women more likely to develop cholecystitis.
- Increasing age. As you get older, your risk of gallstones increases, as does your risk of cholecystitis.
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