Diagnosis and management of skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTI). A literature review and consensus statement: an update

Silvano Esposito, Matteo Bassetti, Ercole Concia, Giuseppe De Simone, Francesco G. De Rosa, Paolo Grossi, Andrea Novelli, Francesco Menichetti, Nicola Petrosillo, Marco Tinelli, Mario Tumbarello, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Pierluigi Viale, Mario Venditti, Claudio Viscoli, on behalf of the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

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Skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs) are among the most common bacterial infections, posing considerable diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Fourteen members of the Italian Society of Infectious Diseases, after a careful review of the most recent literature using Medline database and their own clinical experience, updated a previous paper published in 2011 by preparing a draught manuscript of the statements. The manuscript was successively reviewed by all members and ultimately re-formulated the present manuscript during a full day consensus meeting. The microbiological and clinical aspects together with diagnostic features were considered for necrotizing and not necrotizing SSTIs in the light of the most recent guidelines and evidences published in the last five years. The antimicrobial therapy was considered as well–both empirical and targeted to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and/or other pathogens, also taking into account the epidemiological and bacterial resistance data and the availability of new antibacterial agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-214
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Chemotherapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 4 2017


  • Acute bacterial skin and skin-structure infection (ABSSSI)
  • Antibiotics
  • Skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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