Wiener klinische Wochenschrift

, Volume 128, Issue 5–6, pp 221–223 | Cite as

Thelazia callipaeda—first human case of thelaziosis in Croatia

  • Maja Tomić ParadžikEmail author
  • Kristian Samardžić
  • Tatjana Živičnjak
  • Franjo Martinković
  • Željka Janjetović
  • Marica Miletić-Medved
case report


A case of the first ocular thelaziosis in a human male patient in Croatia is presented. Thelaziosis is a zoonosis caused by the nematodes of the genus Thelazia. In all, two types of the genus have been described as causes of infection in humans, Thelazia callipaeda and Thelazia californiensis. This zoonosis, called “oriental eye worm” is very rare in humans in European countries, with high incidence in Asian countries, especially in China, Thailand, and Japan.


Occular thelaziosis Zoonoses Thelazia callipaeda 



We thank Ms. Barbara Tomić Pleić for her support in translation of the article into English language and verification of translated.

Authors contribution

Maja Tomić Paradžik contributed to the diagnostic of pathogen and drafted the manuscript. Kristian Samardžić contributed in parasite extirpation and drafted the manuscript/case description/. Tatjana Živičnjak contributed to the diagnostic of parasite and contributed to drafting the manuscript. Željka Janjetović contributed in parasite extirpation and commented on the final version of the manuscript. Franjo Martinković recorded images of thelazia. Marica Miletić-Medved commented on the final version of the manuscript. All authors approved the final version of a manuscript.


There was no financial support in this case.

Conflict of interest

Maja Tomić Paradžik, Kristian Samardžić, Tatjana Živičnjak, Franjo Martinković, Željka Janjetović, Marica Miletić-Medved declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maja Tomić Paradžik
    • 1
    • 5
    Email author
  • Kristian Samardžić
    • 2
  • Tatjana Živičnjak
    • 3
  • Franjo Martinković
    • 3
  • Željka Janjetović
    • 2
  • Marica Miletić-Medved
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Clinical Microbiology DepartmentInstitute for Public Health Brod-Posavina CountySlavonski BrodCroatia
  2. 2.Ophtalmology DepartmentGH “Dr Josip Benčević”Slavonski BrodCroatia
  3. 3.Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases with ClinicUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  4. 4.Epidemiology DepartmentInstitute for Public Health Brod-Posavina CountySlavonski BrodCroatia
  5. 5.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of OsijekOsijekCroatia

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