Kimura disease of the eyelid in an Indian man

Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2009 May;37(4):412-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2009.02049.x.


Kimura disease is a rare idiopathic chronic inflammatory disease, characterized by subcutaneous nodular lesions in the head and neck area. Ophthalmic manifestation of Kimura disease involves orbital and eyelid lesions mostly in Asian patients, but it has been described in White patients and Black Caribbean patients. Kimura disease is usually associated with eosinophilia and occasionally with renal disease. Here, we report a case of Kimura disease of the eyelid in a 50-year-old Indian man with eosinophilia. The main differential diagnosis was angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia. Histology is crucial to separate these two entities, and our case was shown to be Kimura disease by histology. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a person of Indian origin to develop Kimura disease involving the eyelid.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Angiolymphoid Hyperplasia with Eosinophilia / diagnosis*
  • Angiolymphoid Hyperplasia with Eosinophilia / ethnology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Eyelid Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Eyelid Diseases / ethnology
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged