From January 1981 till October 1991, 47 diagnostic laparoscopies were performed in 50 impalpable testicles. In total, 28 intra-abdominal testes were found. In 14 cases no testes were found, but a deferential duct and vessels were seen. In 7 cases the diagnosis of testicular agenesia was made. One laparoscopy was a technical failure. We bring our results of this safe and reliable procedure, and discuss our management. A review of treatment options for intra-abdominal testes is given.