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.
Sep. 01, 2011