Journal Article

A 76-year old man with a torn Freedom SOLO bioprosthesis

Laurens W. Wollersheim, Wilson W. Li, Jan van der Meulen and Bas A. de Mol

in Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery

Published on behalf of European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Volume 18, issue 1, pages 141-142
Published in print January 2014 | ISSN: 1569-9293
Published online October 2013 | e-ISSN: 1569-9285 | DOI:
A 76-year old man with a torn Freedom SOLO bioprosthesis

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We describe a case of a 76-year old male who presented with progressive dyspnoea. He underwent an aortic valve replacement with a Freedom SOLO bioprosthesis 6 years ago. Transthoracic echocardiography showed a moderate-to-severe leakage of the Freedom SOLO bioprosthesis. During surgical reintervention, a partial tear of the left coronary cusp was seen from the commissure of the right coronary cusp to its base. After radiographic and microscopic examination, no clear cause was found for the failure of this Freedom SOLO bioprosthesis. To our knowledge, this is the third failure of a Freedom SOLO bioprosthesis reported in the literature. When the long-term follow-up of the Freedom SOLO bioprosthesis is available, it has to be compared with other bioprosthesis for long-term durability.

Keywords: Aortic valve replacement; Sorin Freedom SOLO bioprosthesis; Torn bioprosthesis

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Cardiothoracic Surgery

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