Episode Summary

Phage therapy has gained a lot of traction but the challenges created by this approach have not been properly assessed at a big scale. We often read about therapy successes on isolated cases but, rarely, we read or hear about failures. AAC recently published a case series of patients who failed phage therapy. Today, we will discuss this topic with the principal investigator on the research.

Topics discussed:

  • Phage therapy as an approach for MDR bacteria.
  • The challenges of phage therapies.
  • Issues that can influence the success of phage therapy


  • Saima Aslam, MBBS. Director, Solid Organ Transplant Infectious Diseases Service, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.


Pseudomonas aeruginosa ventricular assist device infections: findings from ineffective phage therapies in five cases

Questions Answered:

  • How are we doing with phage therapy at this point?
  • What are the challenges to deploy phage therapy in clinical settings?
  • The 5 cases of failure of phage therapy in patients with LVADs summarized
  • What factors did Dr. Aslam identify that were related with the failure?
  • How do you develop neutralization against phages and how can you prevent it?  
  • Bacterial isolates with varying phage susceptibility, how can this be detected?
  • What did Dr. Aslam learn?
  • Future research

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