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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is kimura's disease?

Kimura's disease is a rare inflammatory disease characterized by the lymph node enlargement in the head and neck, often accompanied by eosinophilia (high level of disease-fighting white blood cells known as eosinophils in the blood) and increased serum IgE (a type of antibody). The cause is unknown but could be due to allergic reactions, trauma or immune system problems. It's more common in young men of Asian race.

Symptoms related to kimura's disease

  • Skin hardening

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Swelling of the affected area

Questions your doctor may ask to check for kimura's disease

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose kimura's disease

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

Treatment for kimura's disease

There is no cure for Kimura disease. However, combination of surgery, radiation therapy and medications can be used to remove or shrink the masses.

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