My wife is taking Tecfidera. She has a mild case of Type 2 Diabetes (15units of insulin/day), and has psoriasis that the Tecfidera has completely removed. She is going in for a 12 hr abdominal surgery. Her absolute lymphocite count is at a steady 500. There is a question of how that may affect the fighting of infection after surgery. Also if a person stops taking Tecfidera: how long does it take to bring the lymphocite levels up and at what rate? Also how soon will the MS symptoms begin to return? And how soon will the psoriasis begin to return? Averages for most people?
These are all excellent questions; let’s take them one at a time:
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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