Testing Required & Recommended Prior to Infusion

Vaccinations

Complete any needed vaccinations at least 6 weeks prior to treatment
If no history of exposure to Chicken Pox, consider Varicella Zoster Vaccine

General Pre-Testing

Complete Blood Count with Differential (showing platelets)
Serum Creatine levels, Liver Function tests (both part of a basic or complete metabolic panel)
TSH- thyroid stimulating hormone
Urinalysis with mycroscopy (to check for infection)
Tests to exclude infection: HIV, Hep A, B & C, Tuberculosis

For Tysabri patients with a positive JCV antibody

MRI- to check for JCV  activation to PML
Lumbar Puncture- some doctors recommend this, others do not