Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2013
Document and Entity Information  
Entity Registrant Name ABBOTT LABORATORIES
Entity Central Index Key 0000001800
Document Type 10-Q
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2013
Amendment Flag false
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 1,546,185,646
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3