Respiratory Function Assessment

About 600 million people worldwide suffer from chronic respiratory disease.

The prevalence of chronic respiratory diseases in Portugal and in the world is increasing, namely asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, these pathologies are underdiagnosed and consequently undertreated, leading to high morbidity and mortality.

In this sense, the Clinical Physiology | Pathophysiology Lab @ NOVA Medical School | Faculdade de Ciências Médicas makes available to the entire community the provision of quality services in the field of lung function, essential for the early detection of respiratory diseases, diagnostic confirmation, evaluation of respiratory repercussions of other conditions or exposure to aggressive agents, assessment of disease progression, monitoring of response to therapy and preoperative assessment.
For about three decades, this service has been developing research work and transferring innovative functional tests into clinical practice. It pioneered in Portugal the transfer into clinical practice of bronchial provocation tests with drugs and the determination of nitric oxide in exhaled air. He has studied the impact of indoor and outdoor pollution on health, particularly respiratory health, through his involvement in several research projects, focusing on new methods of collection and processing of inflammation biomarkers.


Monday to Friday | 9:30-13:00 and 14:00-16:30

Online booking
Phone: (+351) 218 803 110 / Ext: 26038
Laboraty: (+351) 218 803 003

We do not have an agreement with any health subsystem/insurance. After the exam, you must submit your health subsystem/insurance the medical prescription, invoice and receipt for reimbursement.

Complementary Diagnostic and Therapeutic Means 
Lung Function Tests  General Public  Discount 25% [1]  Discount 40% [2]
Basal spirometry  30,00€ 22,50€ 18,00€
Spirometry with bronchodilator  50,00€ 37,50€ 30,00€
Basal body plethysmography  65,00€ 48,75€ 39,00€
Body plethysmography with bronchodilator  85,00€
63,75€ 51,00€
Methacolyne challenge test* 60,00€ 45,00€ 36,00€
Fractional exhaled nitric oxide test  40,00€ 30,00€ 24,00€
Ambulatory monitoring of Peak Expiratory Flow variability* 75,00€ 56,25€ 45,00€
Carbon monoxide diffusing capacity test * 40,00€ 30,00€ 24,00€
Residual Functional Capacity by helium dilution 40,00€ 30,00€ 24,00€
Maximal inspiratory pressure  20,00€ 15,00€ 12,00€
Maximal expiratory pressure  20,00€ 15,00€ 12,00€
Pulse oximetry  10,00€ 7,50€ 6,00€

* Basal body plethysmography is added to this examination
** Basal spirometry is added to this examination

Applicable upon proof:
  [1] Students (post-graduation, masters and doctorate), research fellows, researchers, UNL teachers and NMS alumni 
  [2] Students (undergraduate and integrated masters) and employees of UNL 

Other available services ***

  • Calibration of nebulizers for bronchial challenge tests 
  • Exhaled Breath Condensate collection 
  • Analysis of Inflammatory Biomarkers in Exhaled Breath Condensate 
  • Measurement of exhaled breath temperature 

*** Prices on request


  • Bank transfer

After the exam(s), NMS accounting services will send you, by email, the invoice and IBAN for payment.

The report(s) are available for delivery after receipt of the respective proof of payment, as indicated in that email.

Laboratório de Exploração Funcional | Fisiopatologia
Edifício Amarelo | Rua do Instituto Bacteriológico, nº 5
1150-190 Lisboa

How to get

Exam preparation:

  • One hour before the exam - Do not eat; do not drink; do not do vigorous physical exercise.
  • On the day of the exam - Do not smoke 4 to 6 hours before the exam; not be fasting, but avoid eating large meals; avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, tea or chocolate.
  • Suspension of medication - according to the prescribing doctor's indication


In the appointment, inform if you have had:

  • Recent respiratory infection - last two weeks
  • Recent bleeding - last week
  • Acute myocardial infarction, stroke or recent surgery - last three months


SAFETY MEASURES - General Procedures

In case of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, respiratory tests must performed at least 30 days after diagnosis of infection.


Nuno Manuel Barreiros Neuparth
Vice-dean, President of the Pedagogical Council


Nuno Manuel Barreiros Neuparth
Vice-dean, President of the Pedagogical Council
Pedro Carreiro Martins
Iolanda Caires
Cardiopulmonology Technician