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Kimura Disease: A Rare Cause of Head and Neck Tumour in Children- A Case Report


Mohammad Hanafiah Kreah, Mohd Nadzri Misni and Nazimah Ab Mumin*  


Background: Kimura disease is a rare inflammatory condition classically manifested as painless subcutaneous nodules in the head and neck region and associated with regional cervical lymphadenopathy and salivary gland involvement.

Objective: The purpose of this report is to illustrate the diagnostic difficulty due to its rarity and non-specific clinical presentation.

Case Presentation: We present a case of Kimura disease with bilateral eyelid swelling, parotid involvement, and cervical lymphadenopathy in a young boy. Computed Tomography (CT) showed ill-defined enhancing masses in both upper eyelids with lacrimal gland infiltration, multiple nodular lesions in both parotid glands, and bilateral enlargement of cervical nodes. After several multidisciplinary discussions and trials of medications, Kimura's disease was finally confirmed by histology examination.

Conclusion: In conclusion, a rare disease such as Kimura must be considered earlier if the patient is not responding to the treatment.


Kimura disease, inflammatory disease, computed tomography, head and neck tumours, cervical lymph nodes


Department of Radiology, Sunway Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail, Johor, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, University Teknologi MARA, Selangor

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