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Kimura disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia
  • Eosinophilic granuloma of soft tissue
  • Eosinophilic hyperplastic lymphogranuloma
  • Eosinophilic lymphofollicular granuloma
  • Eosinophilic lymphofolliculosis
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How might Kimura disease be treated?

For individuals with symptoms caused by Kimura disease, surgery to remove the nodules is the treatment of choice; however, the nodules often reappear after surgery. [1]

Steroids (such as prednisone), taken by mouth or via an injection in the skin, can shrink the nodules but rarely result in a cure. Other, less common, treatments include oral pentoxifylline, medication that supresses the immune system (such as cyclosporine), radiotherapy, and a combination of all trans-retinoic acid and prednisone. [1] [2]

It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before taking any medication.
Last updated: 5/26/2011

  1. Wanat K, James A. Kimura Disease: Treatment & Medication. Emedicine. January 10, 2010; Accessed 1/20/2011.
  2. Larroche C, Blétry O . Kimura's disease. Orphanet. February, 2005; Accessed 1/19/2011.