Donald R. Mintz MD FRCSC


Retropharyngeal Abscess

A retropharyngeal abscess occurs when a throat infection forms a collection of pus (abscess) in the back of the throat. A retropharyngeal abscess usually needs to be drained and treated with antibiotics.

Repair of Nasal Septal Perforation

The nasal septum is the structure between the nostrils that separates the nasal passages. The septum, composed of cartilage and thin bone, can develop a hole (perforation) in the cartilage as a complication of previous nasal surgery, from cocaine use, excessive nose picking, trauma, cancer, or diseases such as…

Needle Puncture and Aspiration of Sinus Contents for Sinusitis

For this test, the sinus cavity is punctured with a needle, and a sample of the sinus contents is obtained. A culture and sensitivity test is often done on the sample to identify the bacteria, virus, or fungus causing the infection and to determine which medicine will be most effective in treating it. Cells taken from…

Needle Puncture and Aspiration of Sinus Contents for Sinusitis

For this test, the sinus cavity is punctured with a needle, and a sample of the sinus contents is obtained. A culture and sensitivity test is often done on the sample to identify the bacteria, virus, or fungus causing the infection and to determine which medicine will be most effective in treating it. Cells taken from…

Voice Problems

What are voice problems? Voice problems usually include pain or discomfort when you speak or difficulty controlling the pitch, loudness, or quality of your voice. As you exhale, air gently passes through your throat, across your open vocal cords, and out your mouth and nose. When you speak, your vocal cords close…