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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Infant fent una espirometria - Servei de Pneumologia de l'Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona

The Pediatric Pulmonology Service aims to study patients with respiratory symptoms who do not yet have a confirmed diagnosis, provide preventative care, and diagnose and treat patients with rare, complex respiratory illnesses and diseases.

The Service provides care to infants, children and teenagers from birth up to 18 years of age, in both outpatient clinic and hospital healthcare settings. Care is also provided in the Day Hospital at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, as well as the intermediate healthcare centre La Casa de Sofia.

In addition, the Service also offers second opinion consultations to both national and international patients.


The Pediatric Pulmonology Service at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is part of the Xarxa d’Unitats d’Expertesa Clínica (XUEC; Network of Units of Clinical Expertise) for its work with rare pediatric respiratory diseases. It is accredited by the Catalan Health Service, in the following areas:

  • Interstitial lung diseases.
  • Cystic fibrosis.
  • Non‐cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis.
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia.
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency.
  • Disorders of ventilatory control.
  • Respiratory malformations.

The Service is also a member of the following interdisciplinary accredited groups:

  • XUEC for renal, neuromuscular and primary immunodeficiency diseases, and systemic autoimmune diseases.
  • CSUR Centre for ataxia and hereditary paraplegias, neuromuscular diseases, diseases that evolve into movement disorders, imported tropical diseases and hereditary erythropathology.
  • ERN Centre for neuromuscular diseases (ERN EURO-NMD) and for hereditary and congenital digestive and gastrointestinal diseases (ERNICA).

In 2022, the Cystic Fibrosis Unit was recognised as a leading unit of reference, with a distinction of Excellence by the Sociedad Española de Fibrosis Quística [Spanish Cystic Fibrosis Society] and the Federación Española de Fibrosis Quística [Spanish Cystic Fibrosis Federation].

Why the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

Providing care for highly complex diseases

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a maternal-infant healthcare facility specialised in rare, highly complex diseases. The Home Mechanical Ventilation Programme and the Cystic Fibrosis Unit are leading programmes at the centre.

Comprehensive care

Several services throughout the Hospital work in unison to provide comprehensive medical and nursing care to our patients.

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Timely, personalised monitoring

Our tools and methods encourage direct contact between several people: care teams at the SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital, the patient and their family, as well as healthcare teams in their home neighbourhood or area.

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Patient and family training

We offer comprehensive care to our patients and their family, with education schemes that involve them in the management of their disease.

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Patients seen during admission


Outpatient medical care


Outpatient nursing care

(max. 5)

CSAT index satisfaction in the patient experience (2023)

2022 Data

Specialisms and services



We are a reference in the comprehensive treatment of infectious diseases in children.


Pathologies we treat

Asthma and other general respiratory conditions.
Suppurative lung disease: Cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis
Interstitial lung disease
Chronic neonatal lung disease
Congenital anomalies of the airway and lungs
Respiratory sleep disorders
Chronic aspiration syndrome
Respiratory symptoms from infection, toxic and/or other processes
Respiratory management of severe Neurology patients
Ventilatory disorders and chronic respiratory failure

Tests we offer

Functional Respiratory and Allergology Testing Office (GEFRA)

Facilities with pulmonary function laboratory and allergology testing. The following respiratory tests are performed:

Forced and slow vital capacity spirometry
Comparative spirometry between seated position and supine decubitus
Impulse oscillometry
Bronchoprovocation test with methacholine
Forced bronchoprovocation test
Pulmonary diffusion
Lung Plethysmography
Post-force-test Laryngoscopy (with ENT Service)
Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO)
Nasal nitric oxide test (nNO)
Muscle strength tests: MIP, MEP and SNIP
Peak cough flow (PCF)
6-Minute walk test (6-MWT)
Isobaric Hypoxia Test (from the last trimester of 2023)

Other diagnostic tests

Sweat test (conductivity and chloride)
Capnography and Pulse Oximetry
Flexible bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage
At-home spirometry monitoring

Cross-service coordinated studies

Spontaneous and machine ventilated polysomnography (Sleep Disorders and Neurophysiology)
Basic radiology, ultrasound, lung CT and MRI (Diagnostic imaging)
Clinical laboratory and microbiology (Laboratory)
Several genetic screenings including clinical exome (Genetics)

Treatments we offer

At-home mechanical ventilation
At-home oxygen therapy
Targeted treatment as per specific pathology: CFTR modulators in cystic fibrosis, biologic therapy for severe asthma, among others.
At-home IV treatment for cystic fibrosis


Jordi Costa Colomer
Pediatrician specializing in childhood pneumology
Mireia Vilella Sabaté
Pediatrician specializing in childhood pneumology
Isabel Gascón Casaredi, pneumòloga de l'Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona
Isabel Gascón Casaredi
Pediatrician specializing in childhood pneumology

GEFRA Nursing Team

Montserrat Delgado Porras, infermera pediàtrica del Gabinet GEFRA
Montserrat Delgado Porras
Paediatric nurse
Maria Marfil Guerrero, infermera del GEFRA, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona
Maria Marfil Guerrero
Paediatric nurse

Lead Administrators

  • Carolina Blanco Moreno
  • Marta López Sanz


The Service team is also part of several different scientific societies, with active involvement in multicentre research groups, international registers, medical conferences, as well as in the development of clinical trials of new treatments at the Clinical Research Unit.

These are some of the research projects the team have worked on over the last five years.

Multicentre studies
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Clinical trials
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The Pulmonology Service has taken part in the development of clinical trials to create new healthcare procedures, resources and devices, such as:

  • A study on the efficiency of an at-home respiratory physiotherapy incentivisation programme using video games (Funny Friends) for pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis. SJD Research Foundation - Funny Friends - 2014, edition 1.0, 4 May 2014.
  • POWERPATCH An automated, intelligent skin patch for diagnosing cystic fibrosis. Edition 1.0, 13 December 2019. In context:  Horizon 2020 ERC-2019-Poc: POWER-PATCH_Self-powered skin patch for cystic fibrosis diagnosis.


The Service team regularly takes part in several training courses and ongoing professional development activities.

The Pulmonology Service is currently training staff members in the sub-specialism of pediatric pulmonology: Pediatric MIR at SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital (2nd year of mandatory rotation, and 4th year of optional, as well as external residencies and Allergology MIR at the Barcelona Hospital Clinic).

We also take into account the training of specialist staff who wish to deepen their knowledge in specific fields, with custom rotations.
There are different training courses aimed at caregivers of patients with chronic respiratory pathologies, both in and outside of healthcare, such as:

  • Simulation course for caregivers of tracheostomy patients (several editions between 2015 and 2023).
  • Online course for families and patients on cystic fibrosis (2021).