The Eliava phage therapy center has specialists that offer outpatients surgical and nonsurgical consultations where treatment strategies emphasize the use of bacteriophage as a cornerstone of complex medical services addressing bacterial infections.

  • Internal Medicine
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Pediatrics
  • Urology & Gynecology
  • Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Massage & Physiotherapy
  • Laboratory & Diagnostics

The internal medicine department treats the following diseases holistically with phage preparations:

Upper and lower respiratory tract diseases:

  • Sinusitis, rhinitis, pharyngitis
  • Laryngitis, tracheitis, chronic bacterial bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchiectaisis, cystic fibrosis associated infections and others.

Gastrointestinal diseases:

  • Reflux esophagitis, gastritis, enteritis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, functional disorders-diarrhea, constipation, gastrointestinal disorders associated with Lyme’s disease.
  • Other chronic bacterial infections

Bacterial infections of skin and soft tissues:

  •  Purulent rashes and other skin infections (including Hidradenitis, purulent dermatitis, folliculitis)
  • Chronic soft tissue infections: wounds, fistulas, infectious complications of trophic ulcers

Antibiotic resistant infections:

  • MRSA
  • VRE
  • CRE
  • ESBL

Antibiotic Intolerance (allergy)

Ear, Nose and Throat:

Phage therapy for ENT infections includes both oral and local application for treatment of:

  • Otitis media, otitis externa
  • Sinusitis, maxillary and ethmoiditis
  • rhinitis
  • pharyngitis
  • post-operative prophylactic therapy

Phage therapy in Pediatric practice:

Phage therapy in pediatrics has distinct advantages when compared to antibiotics therapy. Children are the most vulnerable to the repercussions of antibiotic resistant bacteria. A viable antibacterial alternative makes the concept of antibiotic stewardship more attainable for pediatricians.

 

The following diseases can be treated using phage therapy:

  • Eye infections- bacterial conjunctivitis, blepharitis
  • Upper and lower respiratory tract diseases:
    • Otitis media, otitis externa
    • Sinusitis, rhinitis, pharyngitis
    • Laryngitis, tracheitis, chronic bacterial bronchitis, bronchiectaisis, cystic fibrosis associated infections and others.
  • Gastrointestinal diseases:
    • Bacterial gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome, functional disorders-diarrhea, constipation,
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Prophylactic use
  • Antibiotic resistant infections:
    •  MRSA
    • VRE
    • CRE
    • ESBL
  • Antibiotic Intolerance (allergy)
  • Experimental use of phage therapy in Autistic spectrum disorder and PANDAS

Phage therapy in urology practice:

In urology today, inflammatory diseases of the uro-genital tract are very complicated to treat, especially when due to infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. Chronic pyelonephritis, chronic bacterial cystitis, chronic epididymitits, chronic bacterial prostatitis, chronic urethritis and others are examples of the types of diseases which can be treated with phage therapy.

Most of our patients often have the experience of being treated with various broad spectrum antibiotics for many months or even years in various hospitals and clinics without success.

In our phage therapy center, years of collected clinical experience has given us the possiblity to successfully treat patients with chronic infections using a complex approach utilizing both the broad-spectrum standard phage preparations as well as individualizing patient treatment with custom phage preparations when necessary.

Complex treatment refers to a combination of modalities including oral and local application of bacteriophage preparations, and treatment in combination with other medications as necessary. All of which reduces the overall treatment time and improves outcomes.

 

Phage therapy in Gynecological practice:

The gynecology department of the Eliava Phage Therapy Center uses phage preparations in complex treatment for the following diseases:

  • Chronic bacterial infections                                                         
  • Acute and chronic vaginitis (vaginosis)
  • Cervicitis
  • Cystitis (chronic and acute)
  • Vulvo-vaginitis (chronic and acute)
  • Vaginal dysbiosis
  • Bacterial infections of the pelvic cavity

The most frequent causative agents for these diseases are:  E.Coli ,  Streptococcus spp.,  Staphylococcus spp. ,  Enterococcus spp. , Pseudomonas , Klebsiella, Proteus vulgaris, Proteus mirabilis, S. Viridans  and others.

Phage preparations can be used orally as well as in cream and suppository forms. We also use instillations into the urinary bladder very effectively in treating urinary disorders.

Phage therapy in Surgical infections:

Bacteriophage has been used extensively in surgery for 60-70 years. Extensive experience with phage use on the battlefield and post-war situations have proven phage therapy to be a truly effective prophylactic and treatment in wound care.

Phage can be used intraoperatively for treatment of osteomyelitis, abscesses and infected wounds.

Conservative treatment includes:

  • Chronic soft tissue infections: wounds, fistulas, infectious complications of trophic ulcers
  • Prophylactic use to prevent post-operative infections
  • Treatment of nosocomial infections

Dermatology

Skin disorders often reflect internal problems also. Our medical team works collaboratively to find the best approach to treating dermatological disorders, focusing on strengthening the immune system in addition to using phage treatment both topically and orally. 

The following diseases can be treated with phage therapy including:

  • Staphlyococcal and streptococcal associated skin infections
  • Folliculitis (boils)
  • Infectious complications of acne
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa
  • Icthysosis and Netherton syndrome (infectious complications)

Bacterial infections of skin and soft tissues:

  •  Purulent rashes and other skin infections (including Hidradenitis, purulent dermatitis, folliculitis)
  • Chronic soft tissue infections: wounds, fistulas, infectious complications of trophic ulcers

Massage therapy is an integral part of our treatment package. Our philosophy focuses on holistic healing.  Massage can provide both a relaxing and therapeutic element to each patient’s experience.  Our massage therapist focuses on the areas which are being targeted by phage therapy to increase local circulation and stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities.

 

Physiotherapy can also be prescribed by our physicians, especially in infections which are associated by chronic pain. These modalities include:

  • Infrared laser therapy
  • HiTop therapy
  • High Frequency Ultrasound therapy

Laboratory

Eliava Phage Therapy Center cooperates with the Eliava’s Diagnosis “90” for extensive microbiological and clinical laboratory services.

  • Bacteriological analysis and phage sensitivity testing
  • Traditional culture analysis by Eliava scientists 
  • Modern biochemical confirmation with (API diagnostics system)
  • Complete Blood count
  • CRP
  • ESR
  • Biochemistry Panel
  • STD panel
  • Immunochromatography assays
  • And more

Diagnostics

Eliava Phage Therapy Center also cooperates with the Georgian-American Diagnostic Center. The clinic offers modern, state of the art diagnostic equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound examination, densitometry and x-ray and uses protocols according to the American Radiology Association. The clinic provides highly accurate interpretation of results through American radiologists who review images electronically and send recommendations via email. It also offer complex treatment for spinal disorders including, amnual therapy using an Accu-SPINA machine.

The Georgian-American Diagnostic Center offers treatment by specialists in the fields of:

  • Traumatology
  • Radiology
  • Neurology