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Kimura's disease of the parapharyngeal space

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February 1, 2006
by Christopher Goh Hood Keng, FRCS, FAMS; Kenny Peter Pang, FRCS, MMed, FAMS; Poh Wee Teng, FRCPA, FAMS
Kimura's disease is a fairly uncommon inflammatory con-dition of unknown etiology. It classically presents in young Asian males as tumorlike subcutaneous nodules in the head and neck with associated lymphadenopathy, peripheral eosinophilia, and an elevated serum IgE level. Kimura's disease affects the subcutaneous tissues, salivary glands, and lymph nodes; less common sites in the head and neck include the eyelid and tympanic membrane. We report a case of Kimura's disease of the parapharyngeal space in a 42-year-old Chinese woman. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of Kimura's disease at this site.

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