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Kimura’s disease of the left arm
  1. Fahad Mulla1,
  2. Nitin Bomanwar2,
  3. Sonika Sakhare3 and
  4. Christopher Jude Pinto4
  1. 1Department of General Surgery, Kingsway Hospitals, Nagpur, India
  2. 2Department of Surgical Oncology, Kingsway Hospitals, Nagpur, India
  3. 3Department of General Surgery, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka, India
  4. 4Department of Internal Medicine, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christopher Jude Pinto; christopherjudepinto{at}


Kimura’s disease is a rare, benign entity that causes subcutaneous angioblastic lymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia. It usually presents with subcutaneous lymphoid swellings with regional lymphadenopathy and salivary gland masses. Kimura’s disease is frequently associated with renal involvement, which includes proteinuria and nephrotic syndrome as the most common presentations. This report presents a case of a man in his early 20s with a swelling in the medial aspect of the distal left arm with two previous episodes of nephrotic syndrome. Multiple enlarged axillary lymph nodes and epitrochlear nodes were noted. Ultrasonography revealed a mixed echogenic mass with enlarged lymph nodes. MRI showed a heterogeneous hyperintense lesion. Image-guided fine-needle aspiration showed multiple lymphocytes and eosinophils suggestive of Kimura’s disease. The swelling was surgically excised under general anaesthesia. Histopathology of the excised mass confirmed the diagnosis of Kimura’s disease.

  • General surgery
  • Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Screening (oncology)
  • Ultrasonography

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  • Contributors CJP—manuscript preparation, literature review, slide preparation and report interpretation. FM—primary physician and acquisition of slides. SS—manuscript preparation and literature review. NB—guide and surgical treatment.

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